Headquarters & Staff
915 L Street, Suite 1210
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 326-5800
Fax: (916) 326-5810
For media inquiries, contact CMUA Communications Director Matt Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 841-4054.
Deputy Executive Director
Danielle currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the California Municipal Utilities Association. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with California public water agencies and in multi-member associations including the Association of California Water Agencies and Western Growers Association. While at Western Growers she helped establish and managed a multi-state charitable foundation program providing grants, materials and other resources for water-efficient gardens in K-12 educational institutions. Danielle also has worked in political consulting and public affairs for both statewide and national clients. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Science from American River College.
Senior Director of Energy Policy and Strategy
Patrick serves as Senior Director of Energy Policy & Strategy, overseeing all energy policy work of the association, including legislative and regulatory policy functions. Patrick started with CMUA in December 2017 as the Legislative Director for Energy. He previously worked for State Senator Jerry Hill (ret.) and for then-State Senator Alex Padilla. He holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Manager of Water Policy
Andrea joined CMUA in September 2020 and currently serves as Manager of Water Policy. She represents CMUA's water member agencies on issues before various California agencies including the State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Water Resources, and California Water Commission. Andrea is a practicing attorney licensed in California. Before joining CMUA, Andrea worked for Sacramento-based law firms focused on environmental issues including land use, water quality, local and state permitting, stormwater management, and ecosystem improvement. In her role as an attorney, Andrea represented clients in navigating complex California permitting schemes, complying with water quality regulations, responding and addressing violations of California regulations, drafting real property contracts, conducting title review, and negotiating easement terms and disputes. Andrea has also represented clients on California health and safety regulations concerning the storage and handling of hazardous materials and waste, California mining statutes and regulations, and local county/city zoning regulations including local environmental review requirements, tree ordinances, and slope/grading ordinances. Andrea holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Director of Events & Membership
Christine joined CMUA in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Events & Membership. With over 30 years of experience in the management of non-profits, trade associations, and Joint Powers Agencies representing both private entities and public agencies. In her role at CMUA, she oversees the planning and execution of the association’s conferences, meetings, educational/training programs, and other member-related events. She directs member recruitment and retention and manages the association's IT including the database and member portal. She spent the early part of her career working with healthcare and pediatric professionals developing a childcare education program for new parents distributed nationwide in partnership with healthcare and pharmaceutical corporations. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a bachelor’s degree in both Culinary Arts Management and Culinary Science, she received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation through the Convention Industry Council.
Manager of Energy Regulatory Policy
Frank joined CMUA in January 2019 and currently serves as Regulatory Manager of Energy and represents CMUA’s members on energy issues before various California agencies including the Air Resources Board, Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. Before joining CMUA, Frank held various positions with Southern California Edison. As a Senior Regulatory Case Manager, Frank focused on demand-side management proceedings with the CPUC. Prior to this, Frank was SCE’s Manager of Climate Policy, guiding SCE’s climate policy activities and representing SCE before the California Air Resources Board. Frank also worked as a Senior Regulatory Economist and Policy Advisor on SCE’s CAISO and GHG Market Design team. Frank holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.
Teresa joined CMUA in February 2016 and currently serves as the Office Manager. With over 25 years of experience in both the public and the private sector in the field of administration, she most recently served as the office manager for Health Care Investment Visions, a healthcare venture governance and funding firm. Her experience and work span the fields of healthcare, finance, and educational sectors, and charitable organizations. Teresa possesses a strong background in strategic planning, human resources, financial administration, member management, procurement, procedural systems design and other responsibilities that directly impact organizational productivity and financial health.
Matt joined CMUA in May 2017 and currently serves as the Communications Director. In this role, he is responsible for developing a wide range of written and online communications for CMUA members and works to maintain a positive image for CMUA. He directs the association's online presence including social media efforts and the website, as well as supporting CMUA’s legislative program with advocacy communications. Most recently, Matt was managing editor of Techwire, a news website and magazine focused on the intersection of government and technology in California and the Sacramento area. Matt also has been a communications specialist for the Association of California Water Agencies. Matt holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in English and Environmental Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He started his career as a newspaper reporter and researcher for Sports Illustrated.